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 By Steven Kelly

Coutinho, Salah and Firmino lead Liverpool's ruthless attack at Maribor

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah scored twice and provided an assist as his side cruised to a 7-0 win over Maribor.
Liverpool blasted Maribor 7-0 and thanks to Sevilla's loss, now top Group E.

Liverpool broke their European record for an away win, thanks to early goals that eased any tension which may have existed before kickoff. Somebody was due to take a battering and, unfortunately for Maribor, it was them.

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Positives

This was a professional performance, given how Liverpool have wasted so many chances in recent weeks. They gave their opponents the proper respect and that paid off handsomely.

Negatives

It would be nitpicking in the extreme to complain about anything after a seven-goal victory.

Manager rating out of 10

8 -- Jurgen Klopp has heard more criticism than he is used to lately but he made the right changes. He is entitled to feel that if good players simply took their chances, then his team would have had more wins this season.

Player ratings: (1-10; 10=best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)

GK Loris Karius, 6 -- Virtually a spectator. He had one easy save in the first half, was alert on the few occasions he had to be and comfortable in possession.

DF Trent Alexander-Arnold, 7 -- All about going forward, despite being easily passed once or twice early in the game. Scored the seventh and supported his forwards all evening.

DF Joel Matip, 7 -- Rarely tested but good in possession and alert to the odd moment of danger that never amounted to anything.

DF Dejan Lovren, 7 -- Comfortable all evening and unlucky not to win a penalty when his head was almost kicked off his shoulders. Did all that was required of him, which wasn't much.

DF Alberto Moreno, 7 -- Another good game for the improving left-back. He charged forward all game but still shot too often when a pass might have created a goal. His overlapping and crossing are becoming a feature of Liverpool's European campaign.

Liverpool's front three found form and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also netted in the club's biggest European away win.

MF James Milner, 9 -- A man with a point to prove, he exemplified the team's professionalism and kept going right to the end. Treating Maribor like they were Barcelona, he barked instructions incessantly and ran non-stop. A real leader's display and one that may have Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum worried, the weak opposition notwithstanding.

MF Emre Can, 8 -- In cruise control for much of the night, he was far too strong for any opponent whenever it was necessary. Conserved his energy for the greater challenges ahead, but always made sure he did his job. Excellent high pressing.

MF Georginio Wijnaldum, 6 -- Energetic as part of the overall pressing game from midfield. He still had one or two stray touches, though, and continued to wait for that elusive first away goal on a night when he could easily have got one.

FW Philippe Coutinho, 8 -- The leisurely pace of a game won in its early stages gave the Brazilian a chance to enjoy himself. He scored the second goal that give Liverpool breathing space and was only disappointing when one of his trademark free kicks flew too close to the goalkeeper.

FW Mohammed Salah, 8 -- His alert intervention caused the mistakes that led to the opening goal. Two goals of his own may also get him back in scoring mode after a few quiet weeks at club level.

FW Roberto Firmino, 8 -- Scored two goals, was possibly denied a hat trick by an over-eager Salah and might even have scored more. This was just what the doctor ordered after a quiet spell. It's only a small step but a much-needed boost for a player with low confidence of late.

Substitutes

MF Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 7 -- Perhaps disappointed not to start the game and shot over the bar with his very first touch but he was focused at a time the Reds were understandably in third gear. He did enough to suggest he can contribute in the future and took his goal calmly.

FW Daniel Sturridge, 6 -- Amazing that he couldn't get on the scoresheet but did slip through a neat pass for Oxlade-Chamberlain to score.

FW Dominic Solanke, NR -- With the game won there wasn't much the youngster could do to make an impression.

Steven Kelly is one of ESPN FC's Liverpool bloggers. Follow him on Twitter @SteKelly198586.

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